One of my biggest challenges hunting over the years is that my eyesight is terrible, even with glasses. I was born with bad eyes, not sure if that was my Mom’s fault or my Dad’s, they both had good eyesight. I wore glasses until High School and then I got contact lenses and then when I was 40 I had eye surgery, and now back to glasses. The best my eyesight has been through all that is 20/40, but it is good enough to get my drivers license.
My son Sam, on the other hand, has excellent eyesight. As he was growing up I encouraged him to look out the window for deer whenever we drove anywhere which he did. As a result he trained his brain to see deer or elk even if it was just a very small part of their body showing. When he was just a little kid I would take him hunting with me because he would always see the deer and elk when I wouldn’t. This morning I took Sam’s youngest son James who is 12, hunting with me to be my eyes, it was our first time as a team, so I am not sure if he is as good as his Dad.
In ten verses Matthew 23:16-26, Jesus calls the Pharisees blind five times. “Woe to you, blind guides. . .You fools and blind men. . . You blind men. . .You blind guides. . . You blind Pharisee,
What did He mean by the word blind? He was talking about the eyes of their heart being blind, and as a result they couldn’t understand spiritual truth. I would much rather have bad vision physically than spiritually.
The condition of so many people today is just like those during Jesus day who crucified the Son of God.
Matthew 13:15 For the heart of this people has become dull, with their ears they scarcely hear, and they have closed their eyes, otherwise they would see with their eyes, hear with their ears, and understand with their heart and return, and I would heal them.’
Jesus healed the physically blind during His life on the earth, and He can heal the spiritually blind today. Jesus heals the eyes of the hearts of those who come to Him and declare their desire to see, and those who are prayed for by others who know they are blind and need healing.
I pray for every person in JBC every week and part of what I pray is Paul’s prayer for those in the Ephesian church.
Ephesians 1:18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,